Mentor North and Duluth Aging Support are seeking Duluth mentors 65 and older to participate in a Mutual Mentoring program. Older adults will be paired with younger adults from a College of St. Scholastica’s Dignitas class. The class will incorporate an intergenerational mentoring experience to understand generational differences and connect on common interests. Through building a trust-based relationship, the mentoring program participants will embark on conversations that focus on community, life experiences, values, and dignity.

Mentor eligibility requirements:

  • 65-plus years old living in Duluth.
  • Complete all screening and orientation requirements.
  • Written application.
  • Screening interview.
  • Reference checks.
  • Criminal background check.
  • Completion of new mentor orientation.
  • Be available to spend 4-6 hours per month with a younger adult virtually, over the phone, or in person from September 2021 through May 2022.

To learn more and apply, interested individuals may visit or contact: mentornorth.org/mutual-mentoring, call 218-606-2568 or email ralsum@mentorduluth.org.

Northwest Wisconsin CEP seeks tutors to meet with adults who want to improve their literacy skills. Individuals interested in tutoring will receive training to deliver student-centered education, which is provided free of charge. Tutors are matched with learners and meet regularly in mutually agreed upon public locations. In addition to reading, writing, math and computer skills, tutors can also help navigate online job applications, set up a budget, attain the GED or HSED, prepare to enter college, etc. They may also help English language learners with reading, writing and conversation skills. Tutors are needed in the following counties: Ashland, Douglas, Sawyer and Washburn. Contact Laura Sullivan, regional manager at Northwest Wisconsin CEP, at 715-392-6127 or email lsullivan@nwcep.org.

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Local nonprofit Memorial Blood Center is facing a shortage of blood and platelet donations. To replenish supplies for the Northland’s hospitals, trauma centers, and air ambulance bases, more healthy donors are needed at blood drives and donor centers. Appointments can be made online at MBC.ORG or call 888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).

The Duluth Huskies and The Duluth Salvation Army are assisting those in need. The Huskies home game on Monday, Aug. 9 vs. Willmar at Wade Stadium will be an opportunity for Huskies fans to save money on a tasty hot dog while helping those who are less fortunate.

Huskies Fans will receive a voucher to purchase a hot dog for just $1 by donating one or more of the following:

  1. Personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, disposable razors, etc.) for all ages

  2. Unexpired nonperishable food items (peanut butter, canned goods, boxed foods, etc.)

Items will be collected outside each of the six gates at Wade Stadium prior to these 6:35 p.m. games.

The Benedictine Living Community Auxiliary is now accepting donations of new and costume or vintage jewelry through August. The sale has been scheduled for Sept. 16, at Sommers Hall at St. Scholastica College. Items may be delivered to the front desk of the Benedictine Health Center or call Stacie at 218-522-8908 for information.

American Red Cross blood drives: The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise – and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. There is an emergency need for donors to give now to ensure blood is on hospital shelves when patients need it. To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit redcrossblood.org, call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donate by Aug. 15 will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Those who come to give throughout August will also receive a free 4-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/FeelTheBeat.

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, Cloquet Public Library, 320 14th St., Cloquet.

  • Noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 11, SCCU and Miller Hill Mall, 1600 Miller Trunk Highway.

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12, SCCU and Miller Hill Mall, 1600 Miller Trunk Highway.

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25, Amsoil Arena, 350 Harbor Drive.

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 26, Amsoil Arena, 350 Harbor Drive.

Do you like to read aloud? The Lighthouse Center for Vital Living needs volunteers who will read the newspaper once a month. Reading takes place at the Lighthouse in a recording booth that is COVID-19 safe. To learn more, email Michelle at michjunt@gmail.com.

Ayusa, a nonprofit organization that promotes global learning and leadership through cultural exchange for high school students, is looking for exchange student host families for 2021-2022. Exchange students come from more than 60 countries, are fully insured, bring their own spending money, and are proficient in English. This is a great experience to learn another culture while sharing your American cultures and experiences with an exciting student. Families interested in learning more can visit ayusa.org or contact Daniel Miesle, Ayusa Community Representative, at dmiesle@ayusa.org or 218-256–8020.